Lesson 2: Healthy body, healthy brain: being active

Pupils learn about the benefits of physical activity, describing how they feel after exercise and identifying physical activities that they enjoy.

Learning objective

  • To understand the benefits of physical activity

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know about:

Mental wellbeing

  • The benefits of physical exercise, time outdoors, community participation, voluntary and service-based activity on mental wellbeing and happiness

Physical health and fitness

  • The importance of building regular exercise into daily and weekly routines and how to achieve this; for example walking or cycling to school, a daily active mile or other forms of regular, vigorous exercise.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need to follow example activities and need guidance recognising the effects of exercise on the body.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be able to describe how exercise releases hormones that make them feel good.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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